Monday, July 02, 2018

Noon Fringe Signings (Jul 2)

The Chicago Blackhawks added veteran forward Chris Kunitz to their mix, signing the 35-year old to a 1-year, $1 million deal on Sunday, adding that right blend of veteran experience and some added finish to their lineup, at a reasonable cost. Kunitz played for the Lightning last year in a limited capacity, suiting up for all 82 games, scoring 13 goals and 29 points, just outside of being hockey pool worthy.

The Edmonton Oilers were doing some shopping of their own on the weekend and they came away with a fringe player to their roster, adding Tobias Rieder to the mix. Rieder played in 78 games between Arizona and Los Angeles last season, scoring 12 goals and 25 points, ranking 246th among all forwards in scoring.  The Oilers were looking to add a little bit more speed and they have done just that, possibly finding a guy that can skate on the team's top line and be productive.  Rieder was originally drafted by the Oilers back in 2011, but never suited up for the team in the regular season.

It was a tough day on Long Island on Sunday, but the Islanders had to make the most of it. They added rugged forward Leo Komarov to their mix, signing him to a 4-year, $12 million deal. The 31-year old spent the last few years with the Toronto Maple Leafs, playing in 74 games last season, scoring 7 goals and 19 points in that time. He was slipping down the depth chart pretty quickly with the Leafs, so a change of scenery could do him wonders, especially on an Islanders team that could offer him all kinds of ice-time in various roles.

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